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2020 Nov 24

JBJS Case Connect



Uncomplicated Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair in Chronic Ipsilateral Upper Extremity Lymphedema: A Case Report.


Schwartz Z, Zalneraitis HB, Milam BP, Warhola M-G, Gasbarro G, Galvin JW
JBJS Case Connect. 2020 Nov 24; 10(4):e20.00290.
PMID: 33512918.


A 69-year-old woman with chronic upper extremity lymphedema secondary to bilateral mastectomy and axillary lymph node dissection for breast cancer 10 years before presented to the clinic with a massive rotator cuff tear. Her shoulder pain and dysfunction persisted despite nonoperative treatment. She underwent left shoulder arthroscopic rotator cuff repair (RCR) and biceps tenotomy. Arm, forearm, and wrist circumference measurements were obtained, preoperatively, immediately postoperatively, and 1-week and 2-weeks postoperatively. No permanent increase in extremity circumference measurements was observed.